S136. Striving for Balance between Language and Prejudice in Teaching Writing

Auditorium Room 3, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Writers and creative writing instructors discuss teaching strategies for addressing sexist/homophobic/racist work in the classroom. What opportunities exist when encountered with such work? How does one dismantle pejorative workshop commentary that promotes marginalization while maintaining open dialogue? The diverse panel will explore topics of artistic integrity around the author/narrator/character convergence, as well as provide pedagogical tools to address classroom prejudice head on.


Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the fiction editor at Kartika Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as ZYZZYVA, Guernica, the Rumpus, and Men Undressed. She was awarded a residency at Hedgebrook and earned her MFA from Mills College.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, an NEA fellowship in fiction, and a MCCA fellowship, and he has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Amherst College, Columbia University's MFA program, and Sarah Lawrence.

Danielle Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers and How to Leave Hialeah (stories), which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Book Prize, and the Devil’s Kitchen Award. Winner of an O. Henry Prize and the Picador Fellowship, she teaches at Florida State University.

Victor LaValle is the author of slapboxing with jesus, stories, and three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a USA fellowship, among other awards. He teaches in Columbia University's MFA program.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside